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post #51 of 58
Do you recommend a nipple waterer? And I'm going to look into the heating pad method- sounds safer! Looking at new coop designs to build this summer. Hubby said we will keep the coop and use it for the spring and he'd build a larger one this summer. Takes the pressure off of us to build quickly. I'm glad he agreed to a larger coop😀
post #52 of 58
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Originally Posted by jallen062 View Post

Do you recommend a nipple waterer? And I'm going to look into the heating pad method- sounds safer! Looking at new coop designs to build this summer. Hubby said we will keep the coop and use it for the spring and he'd build a larger one this summer. Takes the pressure off of us to build quickly. I'm glad he agreed to a larger coop😀

Yes! I highly recommend those too! smile.png I use horizontal ones and they're supposed to freeze less plus you can put the bucket down anywhere but for baby chicks I would start off with the vertical to train them. Mine had an open waterer and i just put the bucket in a week ago, at 17 weeks, and they picked it up that day, but I would say it's probably easier to start them on the nipples as babies. You can find small containers or just run a piece of PVC pipe through the brooder. It's really easy though! Just drill a hole and screw the nipples in and tap them to,show them water comes out. But some people use a regular waterer for the first couple days to a week just to be sure they get water since traveling is stressful so you could do that too. But yeah, the nipples are great and the water stays sooo clean!!! I was changing it multiple times a day before.

As for the heating pad thing, yes!! It's fantastic! smile.png and if you don't wanna read the whole thread, jist read the first and last pages smile.png

But aww that's awesome you're gonna get to build a bigger one!! smile.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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post #53 of 58
Also when they're old enough to use one (about 16 weeks (which will be a while :p)) I recommend a bucket feeder too
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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post #54 of 58
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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post #55 of 58
Someone used a plastic pitcher with horizontal nipples for babies and posted pictures on the incubating with friends thread.
Edited by daxigait - 2/26/16 at 12:19pm
post #56 of 58
Really? Wow that's awesome smile.png

Yeah i think you can use either but I had heard vertical were easier for babies, dont have to push as hard, but could be wrong. Either way works smile.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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post #57 of 58

I got this one:

 

https://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=120914&cat_id=141

 

And ended up going with the premier1 heating plate for heat:)

post #58 of 58
Ohhh looks awesome! Didn't realize they sold them! They'll love it! And the heat plate smile.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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